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Murehwa D.A. bans civic education
in Zimbabwe Coalition
August 04, 2010
The District Administrator
for Murehwa, Mashonaland East Province has unilaterally imposed
an illegal ban on civic education meetings in the area ahead of
COPAC outreach meetings scheduled to commence on the 14th August
2010, The Coalition can reveal.
The Coalition was informed
of this development when members of the Police Internal Security
and Intelligence (PISI) in Murehwa refused to grant The Coalition
a police clearance for a meeting pencilled for the 5th August at
Rhodes Shopping Center referring the matter to Murehwa District
Administrator (DA), Mr. Mubvuro. Quizzed on his claim, Mr. Mubvuro
alleges that the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC)
issued a communiqué informing his office that all civic education
exercise should be stopped until further notice.
went on to accuse The Coalition's Mobilization team of failing
to follow set procedures by passing the DA's office which
he claims is mandated to authorize meetins before application for
police clearance is processed. According to the draconian Public
Order and Security Act (POSA), a notification should be sent
to the police at least four days before the scheduled meeting date,
a provision which The Coalition complied with. It is surprising
tonote that this is the first time that The Coalition has been denied
clearance in the district and also the first that these "procedures"
are being raised. The DA demanded that The Coalition first submit
its registration details and profile to council officials know 'to
avoid duplication of activities by other organizations'.
Speaking to the Catalyst,
COPAC co-Chairperson, Honourable DouglasMwonzora demised Mr. Mubvuro's
claim indicating that no such communication was made by COPAC to
the police. According to Honourable Mwonzora, political parties
were informed that in order to reduce interference during public
consultations, political parties should stop civic education on
the constitution two days before COPAC visits that area. Hon. Mwonzora
reiterated that his directive did not apply to civic society organizations.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
deplores the DA's interference with meeting notification set
procedures as guided by the draconian POSA and calls upon COPAC
to decisively deal with such local government officials were bent
on jeopardizing civic education on constitutional reform.
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